MANILA - Vice-presidential candidate Senator Bongbong Marcos on Tuesday said the public should respect the opinion of Rep. Manny Pacquiao on same-sex relationships.
"Everybody is entitled to their opinion, iyon ang kanyang paniniwala," Marcos said. "May karapatan ang bawa't isa na magdesisyon kung ano sa kanya ang tama. Respetuhin natin ang kanyang opinyon."
Pacquiao, who is running for senator, said in an interview with TV5 that people in a same-sex marriage are "worse than animals."
He later apologized but maintained his stand against same-sex marriage.
BONGBONG BLASTS PCGG
Marcos, meanwhile, claimed that politics is behind the Presidential Commission on Good Government's (PCGG) efforts to locate priceless artworks that the Marcos family is believed to have obtained during the dictatorship.
The PCGG said more than 200 artworks are still missing. The government estimates that Marcos and his allies stole about $10 billion when he was in power. The PCGG has recovered less than half of that.
Marcos, however, doubts the PCGG's campaign.
"Nakapagtataka lang ang PCGG, ngayong kandidato ako, kampanya, ngayon sila basta gumagalaw. Palagay ko may pamumulitika nang kasama iyan" he said. He believes that it will not not affect his campaign.
Marcos said they will cooperate with the PCGG. "Kung ano tinanong nila, sasagutin namin."
He added that the Marcoses can't stop the auction of millions of dollars' worth of jewelry recovered from late dictator's family.
"Bakit namin pipigilan? Nasa korte na iyan. kahit sino hindi kayang pigilan iyan," he said.